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2021 International Mountain Day


Jan 26, 2022, 10:00 AM




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Special Event for International Mountain Day

We are thrilled to announce that the event “Conserving Cultural and Natural Heritage for International Mountain Day,” will now take place on Wednesday, January 26th at 9:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Central / 1:00 pm Atlantic (for approximately two hours).

The event was previously postponed out of respect for the communities mourning the passing of Elder Dave Courchene, who was a founding member of Reconciling Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Knowledge and Science (RWoK)

This online event is brought to you by the Canadian Mountain Network and RWoK and highlights the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day, sustainable mountain tourism.

We hope you can join us for this dialogue on Wednesday, January 26th at 9:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Central / 1:00 pm Atlantic (for approximately two hours).

Moderator Nicole Olivier (CMN) will facilitate a conversation amongst Barbara Wilson (Haida Nation), William Snow (Stoney Nakoda Nation), Isabelle Falardeau (Université Quebec à Trois-Rivières) and Stephanie Yuill (M.Sc, Gov't of NWT) to discuss the role ecological and cultural tourism can play in building resilient economies, supporting Indigenous self-determination, fostering reconciliation, and sustaining biodiversity.

prizes IMD 2021

Social media contest

As we approach our special event on December 9th, we are celebrating the importance of mountains with weekly social media contests!

Starting on Nov. 15th, 2021, CMN is asking you about your favourite mountain places on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Enter the contest by commenting on the social media post and sharing it with your friends for a chance to win an amazing prize pack (details below).

Week 4 is all about mountain books & photos - the best way to remember your mountain adventure sustainably is to enjoy it with a photo!

Our prize pack this week includes an ACTION CAMERA! This small and durable camera will help you capture all your amazing adventures while visiting your favourite mountain destination.

To enter (Week 4):

  1. Like our social media post

  2. Share or Retweet the Post

  3. Extra Entry: Subscribe to our Newsletter

*Only Canadian residents are eligible to win a prize, but anyone may participate.

Prize pack includes:

  • Action Camera!!

  • Coffee from Firebean Coffee Roasters in Whitehorse, Yukon.

  • Handmade mug by Cabbages and Kings in Canmore, Alberta

  • CMN hoodie, notebook and toque

  • Book "Defending the Arctic Refuge" by Finis Dunaway

  • Indigenous-made soaps by Mother Earth Essentials

No purchase is necessary. No Cash Value.

This contest is not endorsed, sponsored, or administered by Facebook, nor is Facebook associated with this contest.

To enter and be eligible to win, entrants must be a Canadian resident and eighteen years of age or older.

Winners are selected at random. If for any reason the winner cannot be reached for seven (7) days, they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be selected. By entering you agree to bi-weekly emails sent by Canadian Mountain Network - subscribers can cancel at any time. This contest is subject to all provincial and federal laws.

About International Mountain Day

Since 2003, the United Nations has designated December 11th as “International Mountain Day” to call attention to the world about the importance of mountains to life. 

International Mountain Day is dedicated to raising awareness about opportunities and challenges facing mountain regions, as well as building alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and places around the world.

This year’s theme is sustainable mountain tourism. Sustainable tourism in mountains can help create additional and alternative livelihood options and promote poverty alleviation, social inclusion, as well as landscape and biodiversity conservation.

Use the social media hashtag #MountainsMatter for IMD and visit to get involved!

Learn more

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Enter the FAO's photo contest for International Mountain Day

IMD photo contest

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is hosting a photo contest to celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD). The theme of IMD this year is sustainable mountain tourism.

Help to celebrate the incredible potential of mountain tourism by entering the FAO's mountain photo contest for IMD 2021 and you could win an action camera.

Learn more and enter the contest here

IMD around the world

Check out what other organizations are doing for IMD around the world. Learn more

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